Tableau, Tempest & Tango

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Navona Records artist Clipper Erickson presents a solo piano album of works by composers Richard Brodhead (1947- ), David Finko (1936-), and Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) entitled Tableau Tempest & Tango. The mostly Russian-themed album climaxes with Erickson’s masterful interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The original version for solo piano precedes the iconic orchestrations by many composers, most notably Maurice Ravel. For Erickson, the piano is his orchestra, and he conducts it marvelously through every movement, down to the famed finale, The Great Gate of Kiev. Stellar, too, is Erickson’s interpretation of Finko’s Fantasia on a Medieval Russian Theme, which is inspired by a grievous poem about the oppression of the Russian people. Finko’s Sonata No. 1 Solomon Mikhoels is next. It has folk roots--budding from the composer’s interest in Yiddish and Slavic cultures. Erickson executes the polarity in dynamic contrast and rhythmic complexity with incredible manual dexterity. Finko writes that his Sonata No. 2 “expresses the acute feelings of a sensitive intellectual who goes through several stages of personal sufferings and struggle.” Finko’s Sonata No. 3, composed in 2009, is evocative of the evolution of the composer’s technique since his first sonata in 1964. Erickson, too, shows an evolution -- the melodies become more fluid, the separation between each note more precise. The listener is transported to Brazil where Erickson presents Richard Brodhead’s Una Carta de Buenos Aires, a truly dark tango. It is mysterious and vacant, but Erickson handles it like a delicate flower. The finale is Brodhead’s Sonata No. 2, Sonata Notturna, dark, too, in its presentation, but Erickson’s light shines on the meditation of terrors we hear at night. As evidenced on his previous recording, 2015’s My Cup Runneth Over, Professor Erickson’s prodigious performances are not only products of his superior musicianship, but also the in-depth studies he completes on every work performed. This is the best collection of such works to date. Tableau Tempest & Tango is a must-have for the collections of piano dilettantes and savants alike. As the LA Times notes, Erickson plays “with extraordinary dash and power and he never let[s] flamboyance obscure art.”
Item number NV6170
Barcode 896931004701
Release date 7/13/2018
Category Classical Music
Number of units 2
Classical Artist Erickson, Clipper
Disc: 1
Fantasia on a Medieval Russian Theme00:12:00
1 Fantasia on a Medieval Russian Theme 00:11:25 Erickson, Clipper
Piano Sonata No. 1, "Solomon Mikhoels"00:20:00
2 Piano Sonata No. 1 "Solomon Mikhoels": I. Burlesco 00:02:18 Erickson, Clipper
3 Piano Sonata No. 1 "Solomon Mikhoels": II. Energic 00:02:12 Erickson, Clipper
4 Piano Sonata No. 1 "Solomon Mikhoels": III. Concen 00:04:58 Erickson, Clipper
5 Piano Sonata No. 1 "Solomon Mikhoels": IV. Animato 00:03:13 Erickson, Clipper
Piano Sonata No. 200:23:00
6 Piano Sonata No. 2: I. Affannosamente acuto 00:04:56 Erickson, Clipper
7 Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Largo assai, debole 00:08:09 Erickson, Clipper
8 Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Allegro duramente 00:03:19 Erickson, Clipper
9 Piano Sonata No. 2: IV. Allegro 00:05:02 Erickson, Clipper
Piano Sonata No. 300:09:00
10 Piano Sonata No. 3 00:09:03 Erickson, Clipper
Disc: 2
Piano Sonata No. 2, "Sonata Notturna"00:16:00
1 Piano Sonata No. 2 "Sonata notturna" 00:15:46 Erickson, Clipper
Tango Sonatina, "Una Carta De Beunos Aires"00:11:00
2 Tango Sonatina "Una Carta de Buenos Aires" 00:11:14 Erickson, Clipper
Pictures at an Exhibition00:28:09
3 Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade I 00:01:22 Erickson, Clipper
4 Pictures at an Exhibition: I. The Gnome 00:02:30 Erickson, Clipper
5 Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade II 00:00:50 Erickson, Clipper
6 Pictures at an Exhibition: II. The Old Castle 00:04:25 Erickson, Clipper
7 Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade III 00:00:35 Erickson, Clipper
8 Pictures at an Exhibition: III. Tuileries 00:01:03 Erickson, Clipper
9 Pictures at an Exhibition: IV. Bydlo 00:03:08 Erickson, Clipper
10 Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade IV 00:00:59 Erickson, Clipper
11 Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Chicke 00:01:08 Erickson, Clipper
12 Pictures at an Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg & 00:02:11 Erickson, Clipper
13 Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade V 00:01:18 Erickson, Clipper
14 Pictures at an Exhibition: VII. The Marketplace at 00:01:25 Erickson, Clipper
15 Pictures at an Exhibition: VIIIa. Catacombae (Sepu 00:01:52 Erickson, Clipper
16 Pictures at an Exhibition: VIIIb. Con Mortuis in L 00:03:01 Erickson, Clipper
17 Pictures at an Exhibition: IX. The Hut on Fowl's L 00:03:11 Erickson, Clipper
18 Pictures at an Exhibition: X. The Great Gate at Ki 00:05:10 Erickson, Clipper
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